Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Cadillac just revealed the design of its first EV

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Nellie Chapman | 14 January, 2019, 19:56

"Cadillac's EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world", said Cadillac president Steve Carlisle.

The EV's name and specific details regarding its powertrain and range will be revealed closer to an also yet-unspecified launch window.

More importantly, the platform promises flexibility: front, rear or all-wheel drive, and varying power outputs dependant on the auto and customer.

The drive units and battery cells are designed for maximum usability throughout GM's vehicle line so don't be surprised to see the drivetrain and packs show up in other EVs down the road.

The first is that GM has made a decision to follow the traditional development path for new and advanced automotive technologies, which historically have been launched in the most expensive brands and then filtered down to mass-market makes as costs fell. "It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand's global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac".

The all-new three-row vehicle will be a part of Cadillac's popular crossover and SUV lineup.

That anomalous model was also followed by GM with its first Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in 2011.

The second is that a launch date of 2022 or later means that the unnamed large Cadillac electric SUV will be profitable for the company, probably unlike the current Chevrolet Bolt EV when using generally accepted accounting principles. That said, we've only so far seen renderings of the electric crossover with few details regarding specs.

It'll take the form of a crossover because of course it will, and it will sit on GM's future electric auto platform.